Guest Post: Can Father’s Have Postpartum Depression?

I start most of my days with mommy. I like spending time with mommy and we do a lot of fun stuff together, but what I really enjoy is when mommy, daddy, and I are together. The three of us can really get the fun going.

Spending so much time with mommy gives me plenty of opportunity to keep an eye on her and make sure she is feeling her best. My time with daddy is more limited so when we are together, I make sure that I give daddy his share of my undivided attention. He needs his Peachy time too.

Happy toddler

I’m here for you

In the past I have written about mental illness and I like to get involved with programs and initiatives that promote good mental health. In the world of parenting, we often hear about mothers suffering from issues such as postpartum depression but we rarely take time to hear from the fathers. Are daddies immune to mental health issues?

I was recently contacted by Tracey Montford with a guest post proposal that just happens to address this issue and shines a light on PPND. Tracey is a mommy of 2 boys as well as an entrepreneur and woman of business. You can learn more about Tracey at the bottom of this post.

Can fathers have Postpartum Depression?

We have all heard of Postpartum Depression, however we commonly associate it with women or new mothers. PPND (Paternal Postnatal Depression) is a condition suffered by men soon after the arrival of a child and can last for many years if left untreated. Reported cases of PPND have increased by 68% in recent years

What is Paternal Postnatal Depression?

PPND is very different from ‘Daddy Blues’. Daddy Blues can usually be easily treated with a good night sleep, a gym workout, or a bit of ‘time out’. Daddy Blues will not normally last longer than a few days at most.

PPND is a serious psychological condition and can last for extended periods of time – even years.

It is caused by hormone changes during pregnancy and after birth. Yes men’s hormones change too. The hormones decrease a man’s testosterone levels and increase the estrogen levels, which can play havoc on his emotions and stability.

Hormone changes paired with sleep deprivation, a rocky relationship, financial stress, a premature baby, a sick or colicky baby, feelings of anxiety, or even the loss of a loved one pre-pregnancy can all combine to leave him feeling lost and out of control.

What symptoms should I be looking for?

Men unfortunately are generally not as good at talking about their feelings as women are. This is why it is sometimes hard to diagnose PPND.

Can Father's Have Postpartum Depression


  • Sudden increase in work hours that seem excessive
  • Extramarital affairs
  • Gambling
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Drugs
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Seeming withdrawn
  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Violent and impulsive behavior
  • Low energy levels
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sudden change in weight
  • Loss of sleep

Should your partner start acting out and exhibiting behaving that is out of the ordinary, it is likely that he is overwhelmed and needs help.

What can you do?

– First it is important to take the time to sit down with your partner and discuss the behavior you are witnessing. Listen and don’t judge. Some men find it difficult to express their emotions. His feeling might seem trivial to you, but trust me he is feeling overwhelmed and needs help.

– Encourage him to get external help from a trained professional. For some talk therapy might be enough. For others a combination of talk therapy and medication will be required.

– Be supportive during his recovery and give him the time and space to heal. Assure him that he is not alone and that you will work through it together.

Consequences if left untreated

If left untreated PPND can have devastating long term effects, not only to the person suffering through it, but for the children and partner of the sufferer. Men suffering from PPND can be very hard to live with because they are irrational and find it hard to participate in everyday life effectively. Their partners over time can be left feeling abandoned and lonely which can result in separation and even divorce.

The children, especially boys, can be left psychologically damaged. This is mainly due to a lack of bonding between father and child. These psychological problems can be carried on into their relationships later on in life.

In extreme cases a man spiraling out of control could end up harming himself or even the ones he cares for.

This was a guest posts from Tracey Montford.

Tracey Montford

Like many women out there, Tracey is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation, and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively. Find out more at or catch up with her on social @cakematernity

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Peachy’s Nautical Adventure

Now that the cold weather has asserted its intention to stay, I find that I am missing the warm days of summer. Gone are the days of throwing on a pair of sandals and heading outdoors. Now getting ready to go out is a process involving boots, sweaters, hats, mittens, and winter coats. It’s quite the ordeal.

When I start to feel the winter blues, I look back on the summer I’ve had and the memories I made with mommy and daddy. Today I want to share with you another instalment of “things I did this summer” to bring a bit of sunshine into your day. This time I want to tell you about my adventures at sea.

It was a warm and clear morning when mommy got me out of bed early, stuffed into a clean diaper and change of clothes, and bundled into the waiting car with my bottle of milk. That’s not how most mornings go and I was somewhat surprised while I drank my milk on the go. A short while later I found myself at a coffee shop trying to eat an early breakfast while watching mommy and daddy discuss what they may have forgotten to pack over coffee and sandwiches.

Soon we were on the road again and I knew it would be a long trip when daddy strapped my tablet to the seat and mommy turned on my favourite show. Too excited to sleep, I happily watched my show while the car sped along the highway. About an hour later the car began to slow down and shortly afterwards we pulled into a gravel parking lot. I was ready to get out, stretch my legs, and explore.

I was very surprised to find that my grandma and grandpa were waiting for me to emerge from the car. Of course there was a big fuss made over me and lots of hugs and attention lavished upon me. That’s just the way it is when grandparents are around. I generally don’t mind but this time the attention was keeping me from exploring my strange surroundings.

I soon managed to wiggle free and set off to investigate everything I could get my hands on. Mommy didn’t let me stray far from her but I soon discovered a huge pool of water nearby. I desperately wanted to dunk my hands in there but mommy wouldn’t let me get close enough and I had to settle for nothing more than a good look.

While mommy worked hard to stop me from exploring too much, everyone else was busy carrying things, talking, and making a great deal of noise around me. It was somewhat distracting and I didn’t get that much exploring done before mommy stuffed me into a strange vest and fastened a hat on my head. I wasn’t a big fan of the vest as it was very bulky and made sitting cumbersome.

Peachy's first time on a boat

This is different!

I didn’t have much time to object the existence of the vest before mommy brought me over to a wooden walkway that she called a dock. Soon we were standing next to a very peculiar vehicle that seemed to be bobbing on the surface of the water. Mommy called it a boat as she lifted me over the edge of the dock and into daddy’s waiting arms.

I sat with daddy in the front seat and soon the boat began to glide away from the dock. We proceeded slowly along the pool of water and from inside the boat I noticed that the edge of the water was surrounded by trees. A couple of minutes later the pool opened up into a larger body of water where the trees were much further away. Mommy said we were on a lake and that the boat would take us across the water to our destination.

Once we were on the open water the boat picked up speed and we flew along while I looked out the window in amazement. I wanted to get a better look around me and I insisted that I stand in front of daddy instead of sitting on his lap. It was a much bumpier ride than in our car and I was thankful that daddy kept his hands around me to help keep me on my feet. I was still in awe when the boat began to slow down and creep along towards a large clump of trees.

The boat stopped and I was once again hoisted over the edge into a pair of waiting arms. Before I knew it my feet were back on solid ground again and the dreaded vest was finally removed. With only a quick look around me I knew we were in a forest but unlike all other forests I had seen, this one had no trails or paths, only trees, grass, and bushes.

Peachy in the woods

Where am I?

Mommy insisted that I hold her hand the entire time, but I still managed to do a bit of looking around while everyone else took our cargo out of the boat and set up a sitting area among the trees. Next the coolers came out and lunch preparations were underway. Soon we were all sitting around having a well-earned meal.

Even though I was anxious to resume my exploring, I was hungry after all of the morning’s activities and I did take a small break for a bit of food. After a refreshing drink of water I was ready to get back to the business of having adventures. Since we were surrounded by water, mommy didn’t think it was safe for me to explore on my own but luckily there were four people there that took turns trying to keep up with me.

I ran around in circles and tugged on the arm of the adult designated to keep me safe at the time. I saw birds perched in trees and squirrels that chattered away at each other. There were many small objects on the ground for me to pick up and examine. I climbed over rocks and fallen trees. I tried to get my hands in the water but that was a bust so I gave up on the idea. There were plenty of other things to explore.

Once all of the adults were thoroughly exhausted from trying to keep up with me, we packed up our stuff and got back into the boat. I didn’t object to leaving and I was even patient with the horrible vest that was once again strapped to me. I like the boat and I was looking forward to going for another ride on the water.

Peachy sitting on a fallen tree.

Getting the hang of things now

The second time around was just as amazing as the first. This time I was slightly less shocked at the experience and this allowed me to absorb more of what I was seeing. The water splashed around us and the trees on the shores appeared to speed by. Most of the boat was covered but the sections that were open let a refreshing and misty breeze to come in.

Much too soon we were back at the dock where we started our adventure and the commotion of getting all of our stuff transferred back into our car began once more. While that was happening I explored and played with a dog that belonged to one of the other boats. It was a very friendly dog and we had a lot of fun together.

Once all our gear was packed into the car, it was time to go. Since dinnertime was approaching, instead of beginning our long drive home, we went to my grandparents’ house which was only a few minutes away. I played while dinner was prepared and by the time it was ready I had a good appetite.

After dinner there was a bit more time for play and then it was time to hit the road and head home. I had a pretty exciting day and I made no objection to being strapped into my car seat. I didn’t even need the tablet and I was happy to sleep the entire way home. Even though it was exhausting, I had a great day.

Trick or Treating with Peachy

Yesterday was Halloween and what an exciting day it was! This was my second Halloween but it has been my favourite one so far. Last year I dressed up and gave out candy with mommy and daddy. This year I was right in the center of all the Halloween activities.

It all started the night before when mommy, daddy, and I carved our pumpkins. Last year I slept through all of the pumpkin carving fun, but this year I was able to see it all happen. My favourite part was using the pumpkin like a drum, but stealing mommy’s stencil and chasing wayward pumpkin seeds was fun too.

At the end of the pumpkin carving daddy put a candle in each pumpkin and turned the lights down low. This made the pumpkins glow strangely and I was a bit hesitant to approach them at first. Mommy turned the lights up just a little and that helped me feel more confident.

Halloween pumpkins

A bit spooky.

The next day was Halloween but the morning was rather uneventful. Daddy went to work and mommy and I had our usual routine. The afternoon was a bit strange because rather than heading up to my room for a nap, I had a short snooze on the couch with mommy. I woke up just in time to see daddy come home.

Mommy fed me a good meal while daddy set up our pumpkins on the porch and put the finishing touches on our Halloween decorations. Then it was time to put on my costume and it started to feel like a special day. Mommy put me in a gray shirt with long sleeves and black pants to keep me warm, and then my costume went on top. I think it worked out quite nicely.

After a quick photo shoot I was ready to go see what Halloween is all about. We went to visit all of our neighbours and we even walked up and down our street a little visiting everyone who had their porch light on. All of our neighbours commented on how big I’m getting and everyone thought I looked adorable in my cowgirl costume.

At first I was a bit puzzled by tick or treating. We walked up to a door, mommy rang the doorbell, and when the door opened I naturally began to head inside. That’s generally what we do in that situation. This time mommy held me back and instead she made me hold my pumpkin bucket. Then to make things more confusing, the person on the other side of the door began to put candy in my bucket!

I looked in my bucket and then I gave the person a good look too. Before I could react mommy turned me around and we were heading back towards the road again. In no time we were at another door and the same thing happened again. This time I had the sense not to bolt inside the house but I still stood in awe as candy was dropped into my pumpkin bucket.

At the third house we had to wait a moment before the door opened and I took that time to rummage around in my bucket. After that mommy carried my bucket for me. By the next house I knew what to expect and I was trick or treating like a pro. All you have to do is show up and people give you candy. Why don’t we do this every night?

Peachy ready for Halloween

I could do this every day!

Overall I had a wonderful time even though it was a bit cold. People often wanted to talk to me and I got several extra pieces of candy for being so adorable. I wasn’t even afraid except for just one time when a large monster tried to eat me.

At first it seemed like a regular house until we were halfway up the driveway. I spotted a large glowing monster standing by the stairs and I started to slow down. Mommy said it was just a Halloween decoration and that it was full of air. If you were a monster wouldn’t you pose as a Halloween decoration on the one day you could hide in plain sight?

Mommy held my hand and I took a couple more steps but then I decided that was close enough and I sat down. I started to get quite concerned and mommy saw that I had my super sad face on. She scooped me up and held me close but I still didn’t want that monster any closer. That monster wasn’t going to fool me.

Since I didn’t want to walk past the monster, the nice lady who was standing on the porch came down to see me. She said I was being very brave and she gave me extra candy. At that point I felt alright about standing there on the driveway as long as that monster didn’t try anything funny. It all worked out and soon we were walking away leaving the scary monster behind us.

After a while of trick or treating I was truly getting the hang of things. I knew to walk up to the door and wait patiently. After the candy was safely in my pumpkin bucket I understood that it was time to leave and head over to the next house. My bucket was just about full by the time the cold started to bother us and we decided to head home.

The Halloween festivities weren’t over. Other trick or treaters continued to come to our door and I helped mommy give out some candy. I was becoming quite good at getting the candy into the bags and buckets and by the end of the night I could do it all by myself.

When trick or treaters weren’t at our door, I was examining my Halloween loot. I got cookies, chocolates, candies, lollipops, and bags of chips too. I was very happy with my stash and I spent a long time sorting and organizing my goodies.

Peachy with her Halloween loot

Look at all the goodies I got!

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without eating some treats. I ate more candy than ever! It made me feel funny and I spun in circles for a while and then raced around the house. As I was beginning to tire out, it was time for a late dinner which perked me up a bit. After dinner I was allowed another piece of candy and then some relaxing time in front of the TV.

Soon it was time for bed and although I was a bit wound up from all that fun and all those treats, I was also quite exhausted from my busy day. As mommy rocked me gently in my room, I thought about all the fun things I did this Halloween. I had a great day and soon I felt myself nodding off.

After a good night’s sleep we’re back to just another regular day except that we still have lots of candy sitting around. So far I only managed to convince mommy to give me one piece of candy today but there’s still time. It was the best Halloween ever and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Dry Leaves and Flashy Trees

Autumn brings us fickle weather. This year we have had unseasonably warm temperatures. Up until a week ago it has felt like summer was never going to end. Then, suddenly and without warning, the cool weather has descended upon us and it really does feel like a different season now.

The green trees have suddenly changed colour and dry leaves have appeared on our lawn overnight. Mommy, daddy, and I spent the week visiting some of our favourite parks to enjoy the fall colours while they last. The show that the trees put on every autumn is spectacular and we managed to take some very nice photos.

Peachy posing for a photo

I’m ready for my closeup

I was somewhat surprised to be stuffed into a sweater and warm pants for our first outing, but by the time we arrived at the park I was glad to be bundled up. There was quite the nip in the air and I could feel the cold on my hands and face. I had grown accustomed to the warm air of the summer months and this new development was not something I was expecting.

Luckily I was much too busy to allow the cold to bother me. There is no time to be cold when there is exploring to do. Our first stop was one of my favourite wooded areas which we frequently visited in the summer to feed the ducks. It is full of trees and there are a couple of small ponds which I love to explore. I am forever tempted to stick my hands in the water but mommy is always watching closely and she is there to stop me in time.

Peachy at her favourite park

I’m so close to the water!

Even though I didn’t manage to get near the water, I still had a lovely time with mommy and daddy. We took a nice stroll and there were plenty of things to catch my attention as well as plenty of opportunity for running around. I was a very good girl that day and I paid attention to mommy and daddy while straying off the path only a couple of times.

Since I was so well behaved and I always came back to the path when asked to do so, I was allowed full freedom to explore without having to hold anyone’s hand. I loved it and after such a positive experience I was quite inclined to be a good girl more often. On the way back to the car we walked near a road and of course both of my hands were firmly wedged in the palms of mommy and daddy, but I didn’t mind since at that point my hands were quite cold.

The next outing was to another park area with a large grassy field surrounded by trees. It was getting later in the day and the sun was beginning to set. The lighting only served to bring out the orange colours in the trees. It was very pretty and the open field gave me a lot of space to run around.

Peachy running at the park

Look at those colours!

Since I was being a very good little Peach once again, mommy and daddy brought me over to a little playground around on the other side of the trees. It’s tucked away and not many people seem to know that it’s there. I had the whole place to myself and I made the most of it by going down the slide as many times as I could.

It was another chilly day and mommy put my hood up to keep my ears warm. The hood helped but by the end of it my hands were cold once again. Even though they were cold, I wasn’t quite ready to leave and I was very glad when a bunny popped out of the bushes causing mommy and daddy to stop and watch for a while.

Peachy sitting on a rock

I could stay here all day

I could have continued to play well into the night as the park is well lit but I must admit that my cold hands were glad to be back in the warm car, even if the rest of me was less enthusiastic to be leaving. On the way home my tummy began to complain of hunger but luckily dinner was ready for us when we walked through the door. All that fresh air had worked up quite the appetite and I ate a good piece of roast along with a decent helping of potatoes and some vegetables too.

The trees are shedding their leaves every day and it looks like autumn won’t stick around for very long. Soon the rustling of dry leaves under my feet will be replaced with the crunch of snow. It’s a shame the fall doesn’t last longer. I’m glad that we are making the most of this beautiful time of year.

I have a little gift for you which I hope will remind you to get outdoors and relish the colourful trees while you can. It’s a fun activity that you can download, print, and enjoy. I hope you like this autumn themed printable.

Autumn Maze

Click here to receive the Autumn Maze download.

This activity was sent to us by our friends at Fall into learning with this fun Autumn Maze worksheet! For more activities for preschoolers, go to

#LinkUp2Win 2017 Linky Party

October is here and for us that signals the beginning of the festive season. It starts with Thanksgiving which is a time to come together and count our many blessings. At the end of the month we have the excitement of Halloween. November is the month that we begin our holiday preparations. Then comes December and we all know what that means. Christmas!

Now is the time to come together and be thankful before the holiday rush sets in. Mommy and I wanted to do something special for you because we are thankful for all of our blog friends. We thought long and hard about the things you might enjoy this time of year. So we invented #LinkUp2Win.


What is #LinkUp2Win? Excellent questions. It’s a brand new linky party! It’s much like your standard linky party except that we will be giving away a prize to the blog with our favourite post. Mommy and I hope that #LinkUp2Win will become an annual tradition and this is the first year that we will be hosting this event.

I’m sure you’re all wondering what the prize will be for this year’s #LinkUp2Win. Mommy and I put our thinking caps on for this one too. The holiday season is fun, exciting, and expensive. What could possibly help our visitors have a happy holiday season? We think a $15 gift card at Amazon might be useful. Buy yourself a little something nice on us!

$15 dollar Amazon gift card prize banner

What else do you need to know about #LinkUp2Win? The linky will be open for the entire month of October. We will read and comment on every post that is added. When the linky is over we will select our favourite post. The winner will be announced the first week of November.

Anything else you need to know? Well, we do have a few rules. Rules are no fun but we need them to keep things fair.

Make sure you follow these rules to be eligible to win.

  • We made a special banner for our linky party. Please put the banner at the bottom of the post you are submitting, or in your sidebar if you prefer. All you need to do is copy and paste the code.

    Diary of a Little Peach
  • You can add up to 2 posts. They can be old or new. All topics are welcome but please keep it PG.

  • For every post you add please read and comment on the post before yours and one more post of your choice. Don’t forget to include #LinkUp2Win in your comment so that we know where you came from.

  • This post is the host post. Please do leave a quick comment to show us that you have read all about our brand new linky. Don’t worry, the host post is not eligible to win the prize.

  • Make sure that you enter your correct email address. If we can’t find a way to contact you we can’t tell you that you won.

  • For an RT please tweet your post to @peachy_diary with the hashtag #LinkUp2Win.

Share your posts, find new blogs, receive more comments, and get a chance to win a prize! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Mommy and I can’t wait to start reading your awesome posts so get linking today!

We would love it if you took part in our #LinkUp2Win linky party and help us make it a success. We are hoping to start a tradition of annual prize giving but we need a good amount of participation to keep things going. Help us spread the word and add your posts so that we can have an even better #LinkUp2Win event next year.

Thank you all for being here, being amazing, and being you.

The Linky Is Over


Check out the winning post 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS! submitted by Rhianna from It’s a Mum’s Life. Congratulations!

Second place goes to Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting submitted by Stephanie from 5lb Purpose. Well done!

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A  great big thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you all again next time. Happy blogging!

Guest Post: Toddler Friendly Cleaning

Our home may not be tidy but it is clean. While mommy has given up on keeping all of my stuff under control, the war on germs continues. It looks like chaos but it’s a safe place to play.

I’m a toddler and it’s my job to explore. I wouldn’t be doing a thorough job if I didn’t chew on the couch cushions and give the floor an occasional lick. That’s just what toddlers do. Mommy’s job isn’t to stop me, but rather to make sure I can explore safely.

Peachy needs a clean house to explore.

I think I’ll explore under the fridge today

Keeping things germ free is important but it is also important that germs aren’t being replaced with harmful chemicals. Many commercial products leave residue behind that isn’t safe for a thorough explorer like me. Luckily, there are alternatives.

Mommy and I recently received an email from Nicole from Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is an avid supporter of going green and she was interested in submitting an article with tips for a safer way to clean. While these ideas are geared towards safe cleaning around toddlers, they can really benefit anyone who wants to limit their exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic fumes.

Toddler Friendly Cleaning. What To Avoid.

Kids will be kids. They are used to getting into mischiefs and surely they enjoy making a mess in our homes. However, involving your children in helping you with the chores is not that easy. Anyway, I am not here to share my opinion and tips on how to encourage them to get a chore done the way you would want them to. I am here to make the cleaning safer for them. Hopefully, you will benefit from my solutions.

There are many store-bought cleaning detergents and agents which contain harsh chemicals and toxins. They appear to be powerful against all forms of grime and stains but are they really safe for you, your children and pets? I was really suspicious about their safety. That is why last year I decided to go for the green cleaning. I browsed a couple of web sites and a few home made cleaners really attracted my attention. Since then these cleaners are the only cleaners I use. At least I am sure that my little ones are safe.

These alternative cleaning products, about which I will tell you, are green, inexpensive and easy to make. Do you know what is the best part? I bet that you already have most of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen! So lets begin.

White vinegar and baking soda

vinegar and baking soda

If you are a diligent and caring housewife, then you are definitely familiar with this mixture. Perhaps because it is highly efficient…and natural. No matter whether you are cleaning a dirty and sticky counter top, disinfecting the toilet or sink, or re-freshening the fridge or trash bin, this powerful mixture will come to the rescue. You can use white vinegar and baking soda separately or in combination. Either way you choose, there are never ending benefits and uses.

This home made product is outstandingly toddler-friendly as both products are used daily in our kitchens. So if your children accidentally swallow this mixture, your biggest problem will be listening to their complaints and whining. I am sure you can live with it. You can ask your kids to prepare the solution by themselves by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda, and then put it on your crusty bakeware or cookware. Your toddlers will be impressed at the bubbling reaction without having a clue that they are actually helping you. If this is not a win-win situation I do not know what else could be!

Essential oils

Lemon essential oil

I have been using essential oils for over a year already because they contain natural and safe ingredients. Plus, they leave an incredible aroma in my home. There is a wide range of essential oils you can choose from- tea tree oil, citrus oil, eucalyptus oil, etc. As well as refreshing your home, they can also be used for disinfection of counter tops, furniture and even repelling insects. The most important thing is that they are absolutely toddler-friendly!

My favourite one is the citrus oil. Nothing smells fresher! It is not a coincidence that a lot of store-bought products are masking the harsh chemical smell with citrus. No matter whether it be a lemon, lime, or orange, all of them are antibacterial! Arm yourself with a spray bottle and fill it with one part water and one part white vinegar. Then add a few drops of essential oil and… perform your magic. You can use it for disinfecting counter tops, furniture…and even plastic high chairs or toys.

If you want to protect your children from harsh chemicals, then my advice is to avoid using store-bought cleaners which are not only expensive, but dangerous as well. Go green, go toddler-friendly!

This is a guest posts from Nicole Gardiner. She is a manager of a small cleaning company called  Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is a mother and truly believes that going green is the right way.

Do you want to submit your own guest post to Diary of a Little Peach? We would love to hear from you!

Back to the Grind

Over the past few weeks I have been neglecting my blog. Regular readers might have found this unusual as I am rarely absent and I generally have new posts several times per week. For the first time ever, I have taken a bit of a break from blogging.

Daddy had some vacation time accumulated which allowed him to take a full two weeks off work. Vacations are like weekends except longer. I like weekends because that’s when mommy, daddy, and I spend entire days together. Vacations are even better because we get to be a family all the time and we’re not too exhausted from working to get out and enjoy our time together.

Last year daddy took some vacation time in the summer too and I still managed to keep up with my blogging schedule. Since we didn’t plan on leaving town this year either, it was my full intention to continue blogging right through. What I didn’t consider is that I’m bigger this year and able to do a lot more fun activities.

We had our days packed full of family fun and whatever time was left over I needed to recuperate from all that activity. There were several days when I was too busy to even have my mid-day nap. It was exhausting but exhilarating and I loved every fun-filled moment.

Even though we didn’t stray too far from home and we were in our own beds every night, we did have some incredible adventures and made a few discoveries. It’s amazing how many great places exist within reasonable distance of our home town that we never made the effort to visit. Some we never even knew existed but a quick search on Google maps can reveal all sorts of local spots just waiting to be explored.

Happy Peachy back from vacation

Vacations are so much fun!

I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I did and the incredible places I’ve been. Our camera is full of pictures that are slowly being transferred to the computer. I’m so excited to show you my photos and tell you all about the adventures I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

I don’t want to give too much away but I met some furry friends, saw a lot of pretty flowers, discovered new places to play, and so much more. There were several firsts for me as well. I had my first nautical adventure, amusement park ride experience, and my first taste of soft-serve ice cream right off the cone. I also found the biggest sandbox right next to the largest water park ever! Mommy said it wasn’t a sandbox or water park, but that’s a post for another day.

My blogging schedule is quickly filling up with all the ideas I have for new blog posts. I have at least half a dozen posts in the works and several more bubbling away in my mind. I’m also working on some brand new giveaways that I’m very excited about. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks over here.

This week we’re all back to work and it’s been a busy week indeed. Turns out that a lot can happen in a couple of weeks when you’re not there to keep things under control. It seems that the work keeps coming even when you’re away. Somehow the rest of the world didn’t seem aware that it was vacation time.

I may have my hands full with all the work I have to catch up on and all the new posts I’m excited to complete, but I do feel ready to take it all on. This vacation was just what I needed. I feel relaxed, inspired, and ready to come back better than ever. If you haven’t taken a holiday for a while, I thoroughly recommend it. Get ready world, Peachy the blogging baby big girl is back!